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Ethics and Reconciliation in Poetry and Writing - International Call for papers

About the Editors

Dr Andrea Grieder has planted the seeds of this project, when she came to Geneva to present the results of her PhD research, Collines des mille souvenirs (Hills of a Thousand Memories, 2016 Globethics.net, ISBN: 978-2-889311-019, 410pp., www.globethics.net/theses-series). Dr Ignace Haaz who is Globethics Publications Manager did his PhD dissertation on the philosophy of rhetoric and metaphors. Prof. Dr Obiora Ike is the Executive Director of Globethics.net.

Art, Poetry and Reconciliation

In her doctoral dissertation which was published as book at Globethics, Andrea Grieder presents a deep point of view that successfully bridges the gap between anthropology and literature relating to the post-genocidal society in Rwanda. She describes the context through portraits, mainly of survivors, and shows that the performance of poetry helps in strengthening mutual recognition, healing and reconciliation. Her book is a deep testimony on "living after and with the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi of Rwanda". She has established herself as an international expert with experience in the field of art, poetry and reconciliation in the context of post genocide Rwanda. Her work is an important contribution to art  and  anthropology  with  innovativeness  in  exploring  social  reality,  art  and cultural management and the process of individual and collective transformation.

The New Global Series Book Project

A new research project has been initiated as a new contribution to methods of post  conflict  resolution,  capable  of  inspiring  future work  in  the  field  of anthropology, art and reconciliation. It is the plan for a new book project in the Globethics.net Global Series on the topic of Ethics and Reconciliation in Poetry and Writing for 2017-2018, O. Ike, A. Grieder, I. Haaz (Eds.). It is planned to gather international contributions from different continents on applied ethics related to poetry and writing. Ethical philosophical, theological and anthropological researchers from Africa and Asia will compare their findings on the healing power of words, in various religious and spiritual and philosophical traditions (including keywords as incantations, declamation, living metaphors, mnemonic-technical exercises, performing poetics arts, the calming effect of writing as therapy, reconciliation and mutual recognition through the production of art and literature.

Structure of the Book by Disciplines

  1. Theology, philosophy and ethics on the value of transformative dialogue and the ethical role of the expression
  2.  Ethics in philosophy and rhetoric: faith in the expression vs. faith in comprehension? Is there a justification for lies, why are images important for the formation of knowledge?
  3.  Ethics in Poetry in Africa: healing, reconciling, forgiving and forgetting. Anthropology, political science, philosophy.
  4. Poetry and Art in Asia. Anthropology, religious studies, philosophy, arts.

Possible Topics

expressive dialogue as living praxis, theology, global ethics
should values be expressed in order to be understood?
living metaphors and sceptical distance (epoque, adiaphora).
healing in writing and expression: words and images beyond problems and contradictions
rhetoric force of the image used to enforce truth
"fake truth" and radical truth: are lies ethical problems or ethical wrongs? 
solidarity, reconciliation and poetry
eco-theology and poetry: the value of "natural" beauty, proto-ethical binding values
Buddhism and the contemplation of nature   
poetry and law
poetry and friendship, ethics and poetry in India
musicality of the language as expression of a global universal language?
poetry and religion, the power of the words in African story-telling, poetic performance, the Greek rhapsode

Practical

International call for papers; papers should be addressed in Word to:
Length of articles: 1 book page (layout, A5) about 2'100 characters with spaces (around 340 words). The proposed length should not be less than 10'500 characters 5pp., but can go up to 46'000, 7'400 words (22pp.). 
You can see/download for free other volumes of the Global series here: http://www.globethics.net/global-series
Length of the book in total: 250-350 pages.
 
Deadline to submit is September 30, 2017
Authors can contribute financially for the publication of their paper with the amount of: 110CHF (Global North), 55CHF (Global South). Financial contribution is on volontary basis (paying for getting a research published should not be compulsive and should not deter an author from delivering a scientific paper).